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Wolfson Cancer Patients to Ministry of Health: "Prevent Closure of Oncology Institute" Israel today


Patients demand the urgent intervention of Prof. Nachman Ash • "Hospital director ignores the deteriorating situation"

Developments in the exceptional crisis at the Oncology Institute at the Wolfson Government Hospital in Holon: Last night, cancer patients treated at the institute and their families sent an unprecedented alert to the director general of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Nachman Ash, demanding his urgent intervention with the hospital's director, Dr. Anat Engel. The serious injury to them they claim to be patients at the Oncology Institute under the direction of Dr. Ronen Brenner.

As revealed in "Israel Today", in recent weeks there have been serious allegations that the hospital's management, Dr. Engel's management and the Ministry of Health's management have consistently ignored warnings and serious complaints for months about severe harm to the medical treatment of cancer patients.

"Management ignores"

The complaints also relate to a shortage of hospital beds, which causes patients to receive chemotherapy treatments in the hallway, as well as a shortage of nursing and administrative staff at the institute that treats about 8,000 cancer patients a year.

It was also revealed that Dr. Brenner filed a complaint against Dr. Engel a week ago, claiming that she herself was causing a crisis at the Oncology Institute, with the aim of closing it down and preventing the institute from continuing to run the institute as the chairman of the hospital. .

The Nurses' Desk at Wolfson Hospital Oncology Institute,

Wolfson Hospital (Archive), Photo: Joshua Joseph

In a letter from the cancer patients yesterday, Adv. Eitan Glick, representing them, wrote that cancer patients from all over the country came to receive treatment at the institute run by Dr. Brenner "after experiencing disappointment in the absence of treatment options, and out of hope and belief that the institute is run by D." "Ronen Brenner is known for his treatment and thinking 'outside the box' and works with uncompromising professionalism."

However, according to the patients' complaint, "something strange, irrational and inconceivable is happening at the oncology institute, and patients feel it in their daily flesh, and the hospital management apparently consistently ignores the warnings about the deteriorating situation, and perhaps even accelerates, for unclear reasons, the dangerous processes. For the future of the institute.

"The patients, who are dealing with their serious illness, want to maintain optimism and hope for continued medical care at the level that Dr. Brenner and the staff have provided them so far."

The patients also wrote that they are "astonished and do not understand how and why the Ministry of Health stands aside and does not intervene immediately and decisively to stop the processes that endanger the future of the institute and the treatment of patients. We appeal to you to stop the hospital management "In patients, including leaving Dr. Brenner in his position so that he can continue to care for patients, and allow him a professional envelope to provide the maximum care that patients deserve."

They also wrote that "if legal proceedings are required, patients will conduct such proceedings in any court that may be required."

The patients further demanded that Prof. Nachman Ash intervene in the "alleged foreign considerations exercised by the hospital management regarding the oncology institute", noting the legal duty of the Ministry of Health to supervise the hospitals that stop proper and optimal treatment, and to act in the health system to prevent negligent activity and hasty decisions. The medical. "

"We ask for your intervention", Prof. Nachman Ash, Photo: Yossi Zeliger

Aimed at the mediation process

Wolfson Hospital responded: “Our hearts go out to the patients and their families.

The hospital's management is working to address the allegations against Dr. Brenner, and the Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Health are also working on the issue.

We will continue to do everything for our patients and for the medical staff to resolve the issue. "

The Ministry of Health stated: "The ministry does everything possible to enable patients to receive treatment, and directs the process of mediation between the parties subject to the consent of all those involved.

We will continue to address the issue until it is fully resolved. "

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Source: israelhayom

All life articles on 2022-07-05

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